From Baltimore County, Rep. Harris takes an active role in District of Columbia

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 06:14:52 PM. Rep. Andy Harris, the conservative Republican from Baltimore County, has become a leading voice in Congress on District of Columbia issues.
David Trumble has never heard of Rep. Andy Harris. But his community has nevertheless felt the influence of the Maryland congressman. That's because Trumble lives in the District of Columbia, a familiar target for congressional intervention. While the nation's capital is — at its closest — an hour's drive from Harris's mostly rural district, the Baltimore County Republican has become a leading conservative voice in Congress on the District. Harris, a Johns Hopkins-trained anesthesiologist, has warred with District leaders over marijuana legalization. He has spearheaded an effort to roll back the District’s assisted suicide law. More recently he attempted to upend a city law dictating which types of wet wipes — as in, moist toilet paper — may be labeled “flushable.” None of it sits well with Trumble, 66, a Washingtonian for four decades who lives in the city’s H Street Corridor. "How can he make laws for us?" he asked. "He's not representing us. We didn't vote for him." The District of Columbia Home Rule Act, signed by President Richard Nixon in 1973, gave Washington an elected mayor for the first time in a century. But that didn’t stop Congress from involving itself in District affairs, from gun regulations to abortions. Many of those clashes have been fought bitterly year after year. Harris, a former state lawmaker who was elected to the House in 2010, says he is fulfilling Congress’s constitutional obligation to oversee the District. As a member of the House Appropriations...Read more
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